Published November 27, 2013
Art news , Pedagogy
In a recent paper published in Creativity Research Journal, economist P. H. Franses (Erasmus School of Economics, The Netherlands) studied “189 highest-priced works by as many modern art painters, comparing the moment of creation with their life span of these artists.” He concluded that this comparison shows each artist’s “optimal point in their lives” is about 2/3 into their life span, an estimated fraction of 0.6198 (and only 0.0018 from divine).
The Smithsonian unveiled a new free e-book, Best of Both Worlds: Museums, Libraries, and Archives in a Digital Age, by G. Wayne Clough, the Smithsonian’s 12th Secretary. The book explores “how digital technologies will radically alter our existing institutions, make access to their embedded knowledge widely available, and enable learning and research anytime, anywhere” and how this “digital journey” of offering online content both enhances and disrupts the value of libraries, archives and museums like the Smithsonian.
University of California faculty have voted to make research articles freely available to the public through eScholarship, the digital publishing repository hosted by California Digital Library. Click here for the full Academic Senate announcement and click here for more information on UC open access policy and history.
via The Chronicle of Higher Education
Yale University Press announced a new iPad app for Josef Albers’ influential 1963 book Interaction of Color. The app (free to download, but the full digital edition is $9.99) has the full text as well as a variety of digital interactive enhancements, including a new color palette tool which allows users to engage in the hands-on experimentation with color that Albers placed at the center of his work with students; over 125 of the original color studies; archival video of Albers in the classroom; original video commentary by experts explaining Albers’ principles; and interviews with leading designers and artists explaining how they use color in their professional practices.
Princeton’s Index of Christian Art, along with the university’s Visual Resources Collection, Department of Art & Archaeology, hosts an annual conference that addresses “high level current methodologies” and offers case studies of public digital archives. These lectures are now available in electronic (pdf) copies and explore topics such as new ways of teaching with images and how digital archives can foster and enhance research.
Professor Barbara Flueckiger, Institute of Cinema Studies, University of Zurich, has created a database that traces the development of photographic and cinematic use of color. The database, based on her project Film History Re-mastered, provides descriptions, bibliographies and/or illustrations for each chromatic technology (choose “Show detailed information →” to access detail pages). It is worth noting that these pages are updated on a regular basis — so check back often.
For more information on the project itself, see the article Analysis of Film Colors in a Digital Humanities Perspective.
For those of you who use web searches extensively for your lectures or presentations, check out the post “The Art Of Reproduction” on the blog Visual Hint — the color of data:
“Type “Danae Klimt” into your favorite search engine, and you conjure up a high-resolution image of Gustav Klimt’s Danaë: tan limbs, a shower of gold, red hair.”
“Or did you find pink limbs? Or were they gray or even green? There’s the rub: the seemingly perfect museum holds dozens of Danaës—with dozens of different palettes. Even the shape changes as reproductions are subtly cropped.”
“Curious just how far reproductions stray from each other, we began an investigation. (Go directly to the results if you like.) For a set of famous artworks, we downloaded all the plausible copies we could find. Then we wrote software to reconstruct each artwork as a mosaic, a patchwork quilt where each patch comes from an individual copy.”
hat tip: Nancy Alexander
The NMC Horizon Report > 2013 Higher Education Edition “describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, a decade-long research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in higher education.” The report is available here, as well as the working “short list” from which the advisory board took its final discussion points and the wiki link to that discussion selection “workspace.”
Last year’s Museum Edition report can be found here.
The team at the Media Center for Art History at Columbia University have, over the past five years, put together a wonderful catalogue of photos, drawings, and plans of French Gothic architecture. The site, Mapping Gothic France, lets the end user explore the content through the dimensions of Space, Time and Narrative. The site also includes interactive maps, panoramas, and plans that show the angle and position of each photo. And – the tools allow the user to do building comparisons (e.g. by nave height, aisle width, floor plan, elevation, and more). A really wonderful use of new technologies.